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A Whole New Life

I’ve been posting here less often for a very good reason: after five years of under-employment, I landed a job.

NOAA logoDream Job

I’ve gone to work for a company called Earth Resources Technology, a prime contractor for NOAA.

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration is under the Department of Commerce. That’s because the agency’s sections, oceans and weather, are vital to the American economy.  Because of this, I have high hopes that NOAA will escape the worst of EPA’s fate.

Word Games

Alas, we learned today that the word “science” has been removed from EPA’s mission statement. It find it confusing that people can decide that the tradition of scientific method, patiently carried out over centuries, can suddenly be discounted.

Restoring Harmony

I’m working in the Restoration Center, part of NOAA Fisheries division, whose mission is restoring damaged wetlands and marine environments. Below is an article of the sort I hope to be creating in the near future.

Six Things to Know About Coastal Habitat Restoration

For instance, restoring habitat not only improves the fishing, it creates over 15 jobs for every $1 million invested.

So expect more musings on things of a watery nature from me. From Harsen’s Island, Michigan, to the Everglades, from the Great Dismal Swamp to Piscataway NP (where I live), the wet places have always had my heart.

By the way, I heard the first Spring Peepers yesterday!

 

Wednesday Word: Demantoid

It sounds demented, or robotic, but it’s neither. A demantoid is a green form of garnet found only on  the western slopes of the Ural Mountains of Russia.

from Wordnik:

Demantoid

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition:
n. A transparent, green variety of garnet used as a gem.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
n. a green garnet

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
n. A yellow-green, transparent variety of garnet found in the Urals. It is valued as a gem because of its brilliancy of luster, whence the name.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
n. A light-green to emerald-green variety of garnet, found in the Ural mountains. It is transparent and of brilliant luster, and is classed as a gem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
n. a green andradite used as a gemstone

Etymologies

German, from archaic Demant, diamond, from Middle High German diemant, from Old French diamant; see diamond.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

WORD Wednesdays

I love words: weird words, long words, obscure words, words that sound good, words that send me to the dictionary. Periodically on Wednesdays I’ll share one. If you’d like to join the fun, see the blog event info here. Or just comment with a favorite of your own!

Here’s one:

noctilucent

DEFINITIONS

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
adj. Luminous at night. Used especially of certain high clouds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
adj. Shining or glowing at night, especially of very high-altitude clouds that reflect sunlight long after sunset.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
Shining by night or in the dark; nuctilucid: as, the noctilucent eyes of a cat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
adj. shining or glowing by night

Etymology:  ultimately from Latin noct- + lucent-, lucens lucent